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Universal Soldier (1992)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1992 (USA)
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Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Writers:

Richard Rothstein (story), Christopher Leitch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Luc Deveraux / GR44
Dolph Lundgren ... Andrew Scott / GR13
Ally Walker ... Veronica Roberts
Ed O'Ross ... Colonel Perry
Jerry Orbach ... Dr. Christopher Gregor
Leon Rippy ... Woodward
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Garth
Ralf Moeller ... GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
Robert Trebor ... Motel Owner
Gene Davis ... Lieutenant
Drew Snyder ... Charles
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Simon Rhee ... GR61
Eric Norris ... GR86
Michael Winther Michael Winther ... Technician
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Storyline

An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Victoria, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Genetically enhanced machines. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crystal Knights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,057,084, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:

$36,299,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,999,898
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (TV)

Sound Mix:

CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (analog 35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Carolco hired Roland Emmerich, fresh from his low budget feature Moon 44 (1990), and screenwriter Dean Devlin to work on another project, an action sci-fi horror Isobar which would star Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger, and it would take place in future on high speed runaway train where genetically created monster gets loose and attacks the passengers. Emmerich was second director involved in the project, after Ridley Scott gave up from it due to disagreements he had with Carolco and producer Joel Silver.

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Goofs

(at around 42 mins) When Luc and Veronica make their escape from the motel, they drive through the office and interrupt the motel owner's mother reading a newspaper. Are we to believe she sat and happily read the paper during the previous sequence when the motel was shot to pieces by 4 heavily armed men? See more »

Quotes

Scott: Say good night, asshole.
Luc: Good night, asshole.
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The Worst Always Happens
Written by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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Bad-Ass best Van Damme Science Fiction-Action-Packed Film!
30 December 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Universal Soldier (1992) Is one of the best Van Damme action sci-fi classic movies from the 90's also my favorite childhood movie that I am still watching it today. It is my third best favorite Van Damme movie! It has Dolph Lundgren in it and I love this movie to Death!!!

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundrgren are awesome in this film. Action and fighting sequences were awesome till today Roland Emmerich did made a great job as the director of this action sci-fi film flick. Every time I see this action flick I am not bored with it and is definitely Van Damme's best action movie. I enjoy the action, I mainly love this movie, because it focus on Vietnam War and it has experiments that US military actually really secretly did that. The fights scenes between Van Damme and Lundgren were awesome! This is the only movie that I care and love about! All the sequels to me sucked ass! None of them can hold a candle to this movie!

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren reunited 20. years later after working together in here, in the film "The Expendables 2" (2012) my favorite action packed movie. This movie is a bad ass and kicks ass! I love it so much, I even prefer above Kikcboxer and Double Impact. This is the movie that I love. I love all the actors in this movie, Ally Walker was a great cast as reporter Veronica Roberts. Chandra West who played her in TV movies couldn't even hold a candle to Ally Walker./:Ally Walker was also cast as Dr. Samantha 'Sam' Waters in my favorite TV Show Profiler.

"ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?" Hell yes.

The best science fiction action film ever made. It still holds up great to this day. Whenever I watch this movie I am having fun. A really fun inventive action flick with some really kick ass fight scenes and a sense of fun about it, that makes it irresistible. Van Damme and Lundgren were great in this and it really is a shame that despite this being a hit Lundgren still did not get out of direct to video land and continued to get overlooked by Hollywood after the film's release. This movie it is the film that made Van Damme in to a star and saved his career.

It is so aggravating how far they rushed with the sequels. At least we still got the one amazing movie that made Dolph one of the greatest villains ever, well maybe not a "villain" a but a real bad ass! I like the aspect of the cool down process and the story is easy to understand. Also, Dolph Lundgren's scene in the grocery store is one of my all time favorite scenes in any movie. I really love this movie to death. Alongside Hard Target and Bloodsport, Universal Soldier is my third favorite Van Damme movie. I don't care what anyone say's or thinks about this movie, I will not listen to them, I will listen to my self! When I was 13. years old, I was in the hospital talking with my new friends about this movie, that I have made them there, when I was lying on the bed. That time, I never watched or heard about this movie before and they told me how great it is. They where right, it took me few months till I finally watch this movie on TV and I absolutely loved it. This film for me has a great memories on my childhood.

This is the basic plot about the film it has death soldiers, that turns in to a cyborg killing machines that are anti terrorist and their experiments goes awry wrong and they start killing innocent people and only one man, a machine can stop them. The final battle scene between Van Damme and Lundgren is epic! Van Damme uses his awesome spin kicks with his legs, that we already saw in Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Double Impact. The meat grinder scene is, when Scott is crushed and killed, that was really a bad ass scene!

I am giving this movie my perfect 10, because it deserves it and Roland Emmerich did a great job directing this movie. I can watch this movie over and over again. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren did a both a perfect solid job playing their characters. I love them!


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